The organizers behind the Ithaca International Film Festival in upstate New York have released promotional artwork from comic and video game industry veteran Steve Ellis (The Only Living Boy, Green Lantern Corps). Now in its fourth year, IIFFF celebrates the weird and the wild in International cinema. The annual program includes a competition of genre films from around the world as well as a retrospective showcase of cult classics and genre heavyweights. The art from Ellis, who has created the poster every year since the festival’s inception, is always one of the highlights of the buildup to the event in November.
This year’s IIFFF retrospective promises to be the most skin-crawling yet with Organic Horror: Obsessions with Body Alterations. Ellis’s moody and evocative image appropriates iconography from several of the films that will be screened, including Georges Franju’s Eyes Without A Face, Andrzej Zulawski’s Possession, and Takashi Miike’s Audition.
Previous year’s retrospectives included Witchcraft in the Popular Imagination — which featured classics like White Zombie, The Wicker Man (1973), and The Exorcist — and Dan O’Bannon: Re-Thinking the Monsters, which celebrated the work of the screenwriter behind the original Alien. (Ellis’s stunning poster art, contest winners, and full program listings from previous years can be found here.)
As in the past, this year’s IIFFF will also host a Fantastic Art exhibit, this time showcasing the work of Chet Zar to go along with a screening of I Like to Paint Monsters, a documentary and introspection on the artist’s work.
While the festival’s full program of films has not yet been released, organizers have announced the return of an official IIFFF contest, this year titled Fifteen Minutes, or Less, of Fame: The Adaptation Contest. To coincide with the planned screening of Chris Strompolos’s and Eric Zala’s shot-for-shot homemade remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark, participants are encouraged to grab their cameras and submit a recreation of their favorite scene from their favorite movie for a chance to win prizes courtesy of IIFFF. The top three submissions will get their moment of fame right before the screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation.
Everyone interested in submitting to the contest should visit the official site at Fifteen Minutes, or Less, of Fame: The Adaptation Contest.
Stay tuned to Sound on Sight or visit the festival’s official Facebook page for more info as it becomes available.